6.30.2016

Shop My Closet // Recent IG Looks + Sales

floral baseball tee [use code yellow20 for 20% off, wearing a size small] // distressed jeans [my favorite! currently on price match for $60! typically a size 26 and wearing a size 26] // lace up sandals [available in 6 colors, wearing them in smoke cloud] 

You know the drill kids - a weekly recap of the outfits I wore this week with all of the links, things you need to know about each item and any sales that are happening! I would try to make this a little more entertaining with text about who knows what, but it's nearly midnight and my eyes have been 92% shut for the past hour meaning home girl is going to bed. If you have any questions about any of the items drop em' below and I'll answer them here. In the mean time, come play with me on Instagram over here and here. I meant that in the least creepy sense of "play with me" possible.  Anyhow, I hope you are all as excited as I am to celebrate America's birthday this weekend - bring on the red white and blue popsicles, sparklers and other things that I hopefully won't light myself on fire with. GO AMERICA GO! 

 grommet tank [wearing a size small, available in 3 colors] // rolled denim shorts [true to size, wearing a 3] // crossbody bag [the perfect size! available in 3 colors and under $50!] // sandals [these are narrow so if you have wider feet I wouldn't recommend them, availble in 4 colors - wearing taupe suede] // necklace [use code SPARKLE20 for 20% off!]  

reversible bikini top [such a cute bikini, I love the back! wearing an XL for 34D] // reversible bikini bottoms [wearing a medium] // distressed shorts [buy one, get one 50% off - I sized up one] // knotted sandals [these are narrow so if you have wider feet I wouldn't recommend them - availble in 4 colors - wearing taupe suede]

plaid shirt [so soft and less than $25! wearing a size small, similar shirts under $30 found here and here] // white distressed jeans //crossbody bag [the perfect size! available in 3 colors and under $50!] // lace up sandals [available in 6 colors, wearing them in smoke cloud] 

shirt [these are my absolute favorite for work! I wear them constantly with skirts and pants both! currently buy one get one 50%, available in 24 colors! use code 9497 for 15% off - wearing a size small!] // pencil skirt [love this baby and it's on sale for only $20! size up one, wearing a size 4] // ankle strap heels [so comfy! available in 7 colors] 

sweatshirt [so soft! wearing a size small however I would recommend sizing up as I could have went with a medium] //  distressed jeans [my favorite! currently on price match for $60! typically a size 26 and wearing a size 26] // color block espadrilles 


dress from stitch fix [similar dresses here and here] // necklace [use code SPARKLE20 for 20% off!] // heels

pleated cap sleeve top [wearing a small, LOVE this top for work or play - see below! available in 4 colors, great quality!] // ankle pants [use code 9497 for 15% off] // ankle strap pumps // cuff bracelet 

pleated cap sleeve top [wearing a small, LOVE this top for work or play - see below! available in 4 colors, great quality!] // white distressed jeans // leather wrap sandals [currently 19% off - these are my favorite flat sandals this summer! true to size] // purse from stich fix [similar style - same brand and color found here and here]

coral tank // stripe tank // maroon tank // floral tank // floral tank [use code yellow20 for 20% off]
slim line non-slip hangers // I wear all of these with my favorite strapless bra - this thing is magic! I purchased the natural nude in a 34D and it's perfect, full coverage and stays put all day!

Peace out pickle heads.

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6.29.2016

Three Things // Three Outfits // Basically A Giant Threesome

tank [use yellow20 for 20% off! wearing a small] 

Okay so maybe not a "threesome" threesome but still equally exciting things going on around here today.

1. I got a new job! Say what? Yes, it's true and on the squeal level of excitement is pretty dang squealy. While I will still be working part-time at the credit union that I work for, I am switching roles [and cutting my hours down somewhat dramatically] to be our social media coordinator. The unfortunate part is I've never stepped foot on those sites they call "Facebook" and "Instagram" so I hope to figure it all out soon ;) And just when I thought I couldn't get any more glued to my computer.....

As an added benefit I will be working more full-time with my favorite company, Pollinate Media as a Project Manager so all sorts of changes happening in this neck of the woods.


tank [use yellow20 for 20% off! wearing a small]  // distressed jeans [currently 30% off - love these!] // lace up sandals

2. Chipotle and Chick-Fil-A sit right next door to each other which means I always have to go to both when I venture out that way because why choose? Needless to say I'm sittin' about 12 nuggets and one heaping burrito bowl deep right now. Whoever assumes that the 4th of July weekend is for being in a bikini is officially wrong. I can't even button up nudity right now. 

lace crochet tank [use code yellow20 for 20% off! wearing size small] // distressed jeans [currently 30% off - love these!] // lace up sandals


3. Sometimes having to come up with a certain number of items to talk about is hard, like really hard. Do I open up a can of worms about how I've been dealing with insecurities around people thinking I'm shallow because I post outfits now more frequently or do I stay the course and go to the classic fallback of weather that every 85 year old has taught me to do? I think for now I'm going to choose neither and just shut up. But honestly, yes I like clothes but I love humans more and YOU GUYS. It's going to be 75 and sunny all weekend long. All the praise Jesus hands for that one. 

floral baseball tee [use code yellow20 for 20% off! wearing a small - so comfy!] // rolled shorts // sandals
[all photos shot by tina herschberger photography

On that note, I'm off to sip on a cocktail and celebrate the new job, perfect weather and fact that I just discovered the skin hanging off the end of my nose before stepping out in public. Big things people, big things.

ps. how cute are all of these looks from The Mason Jar Boutique? I recently discovered this site and holy frick balls people - TONS of cute items all reasonably priced. Be sure to check out all of their new arrivals and remember to use the code yellow20 for 20% off your entire order!

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6.27.2016

Warning // This Post Contains Talk About Sex, Bodily Functions and HGTV

[this blog post would be ugly without a picture so here it is, the obligatory "make your post not ugly" photo]

You girls, can we just talk about something for a minute? You know the thing I'm talking about - those times where you are out for a nice leisurely run or walk and it hits you like a ton of bricks. Yes, that. The "I need a freaking toilet in my life right this second or some poor human is going to drive by and see me squatting on the side of the road and it's not going to be pretty" thing. Welcome to the last twenty minutes of my Monday night.

You know, when you're young you envision those cute romantic walks that you and your lover will someday take..I knew things weren't going to go in that direction after we had our first date at a Japanese steakhouse and you could literally hear the rumbles [pretty sure from both of us] within ten minutes of leaving the joint. 

I promise I wasn't planning on writing this post entirely about poop, it just kinda happened that way. 

New subject. 

This was quite random but last night we tuned into one of our favorite shows on HGTV, House Hunters Lakefront Bargain Hunt [say that twenty times fast] and they were shooting lake properties a mere 20 minutes from our house. We thought "oh hey! that's cool!" and then two minutes later we were all "wait! that's the realtor that showed us houses!" and then two minutes later we were even more "waaaaaaaaaaaiiiiit! that's the house we looked at!" 

True story. The couple looked at a house that we looked at back when we were in the house hunting market annnnnnnnnd they ended up buying it on the show....for like $80,000 less than what it was when we looked at it so that's awesome. 

Basically I've been on HGTV is where I'm getting at with this story. Basically. 

Okay I think that's all of the important stuff I needed to say for now. Tomorrow Shawn turns the big 3-2 so I've gotta get crackin' on his extravagent birthday gifts which at this point include nothing. Sometimes I don't suck and then most of the time I really suck. And yes, I'm talking about my lack of birthday gifts still you dirty people you. Although now that I put it that way, maybe I just figured out my gift...just kidding mom and dad. Virgin for life. Or at least for the first 20 years of my life. 

I think I just published the age in which I gave it up to my husband. 

ps. if you were wondering how my walk ended, I successfully made it home despite the gritting of the teeth and goosebumps that were running rampant all over my body. Cheers to not having to squat in my neighbors yard...#winning

pps. I was married at age 20 if you are reading this children. Waiting has its perks but we can save that sex talk for another time. Maybe never. I think that's what your parents are for? Okay I have to go now before I say something else ridiculous. Actually, I think we already crossed that line about one sentence into this post. Better luck next time Erin. 

on that awkward note, we'll leave with this awkward photo. bye! 


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6.25.2016

Shop My Closet // Recent IG Looks + Sales

This week was a little nutty on the nut scale. Lots of plans which meant lots of reasons to get dressed. From drinks with friends, hosting dinner, going to book club, movie night and frozen yogurt with my nieces - it was all quite fun but left me in bed by 8:30 come Friday night. Fortunately this weekend we don't have any major plans so cheers to that, bring on the sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep!

There are a TON of awesome sales happening this weekend so in addition to sharing last week's outfits and sale info on the pieces I'm wearing, I also included a list of the best sales happening down below. Take advantage and stock up. Speaking of sales, are y'all ready for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale? Apparently they take their new fall items and slash em' down to 40% off. That means brand new inventory at crazy low discounted prices. Lucky for you I'll be sharing my top items under both $100 and $50 as soon as it rolls out so stay tuned for that [early sale shopping starts July 14th which basically means you need to have either the Nordstrom Credit or Debit card to have access to it and the regular general public sale starts July 22nd. You best believe I got that debit card so I can have first dibs ;)]

Here's this weeks line-up! Remember to follow me on Instagram here and here to see my daily looks live or follow me along over at liketoknow.it here!

Oh wait! One quick tidbit - several of you have asked about what type of strapless bra I turn to when wearing all of these little tanks and off the shoulder looks. Meet your new best friend. Finally, a bra that actually stays put and doesn't make me want to kick myself in the shins every two seconds. Okay, carry on.

knotted tee [wearing a size small, currently 25% off making it less than $25 - comes in 8 colors and prints!] // white cropped distressed jeans // crossbody bag [less than $40, comes in 3 colors - I love the size!] // leather wrap sandals [currently 19% off, so comfortable and cute!]  

Fringe wrap [so soft and fun for the 4th! less than $30!] // white Tee [wearing a medium, 2 for $28!] // cropped jeans [currently 40% off making them less than $40!] //  crossbody bag [less than $40, comes in 3 colors - I love the size!] // leather sandals - currently 33% off

my favorite blazer [wearing a small, use code WKND for 20% off!] // tank from stitch fix [similar here] // favorite ankle length work pants [use code 9497 for 15% off!] ankle strap pumps [available in 7 colors, so comfy!]

Coverup maxi dress [my favorite! wearing a small, available in other color options here and here!] //  reversible bikini top [wearing a size XL for 34D] // reversible bikini bottoms [wearing a medium]


Off the shoulder top [wearing a size small, comes in purple and ivory, less than $50!] // shorts [currently buy one, get one 50% off!] // leather wrap sandals [currently 19% off, so comfortable and cute!] // crossbody bag [less than $40, comes in 3 colors - I love the size!]

 reversible bikini top [it's like getting two swimsuits for the price of one! wearing a size XL for 34D] // reversible bikini bottoms [wearing a medium] // coverup maxi dress [wearing a small, available in other color options here and here!]


off the shoulder top [wearing an XS, currently 25% off!] // white cropped distressed jeans // lace up sandals

shift dress [wearing a size small, currently 33% off!] // leather sandals - currently 33% off

palm print maxi [wearing size small, currently 40% off making it less than $30!] // leather sandals - currently 33% off // leather purse

Additional weekend sales happening: 

- West Elm // End of season up to 70% off sale! If you're in the market for new bedding, they have a TON on sale [we use and love their bedding!] Also, totally crushing on these shelves, this wall art and pretty much every single one of these rugs at awesome prices!  

- Ann Taylor // 50% off EVERYTHING with code SUNNY50! My top picks include this off the shoulder top, scalloped eyelet tank, floral lace pencil skirt and this crepe roll sleeve top [I could see this being so versatile!] 

- Anthropologie // Up to 50% off sale items! Obsessed with this peplum tee [so cute!]  this cardigan [looks so cozy!] and of course, every freaking thing from their home line


- Target // Buy one Get one 50% off all clothing, shoes and accessories! This open back tank, striped tunic, DV sandals and coverup are at the top of my list. 

- J Crew Factory // 40% off with code EXTRA40 [including clearance]! The prices on this plaid top, pullover sweater, ruffle dress and chiffon dress are ridiculous in the best way possible!

- Tory Burch // Extra 30% off with code EXTRA30! These espadrilles, mini satchels, cuff bracelets and totes are way too cute! 

- Kate Spade // Extra 30% off all sale items with the code SUNSHINE! Basically every bag [including this wine tote!] and every piece of jewelry is adorable. 

+ If you are need of a great pair of distressed skinny jeans, I have these and love them - they are currently 30% off! 

Any other sales you are shopping this weekend? Drop em' below, mama always loves to save a dollar ;)

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6.23.2016

Cocktails You Want Make [And Drink!] This Summer


Well guys, we made it. It's officially summer (!!!!!!) We dream of those three sweet words all winter long and while it can start to feel come February that the best time of the year will never arrive, it comes and it's better than we even remember. Summer kinda feels like crossing a finish line with the gold medal being tan lines, grass stained feet and cocktails with cute umbrellas and mint leaves hanging off the edge. I keep telling myself that I should probably start trying to cross finish lines that involve running shoes and perspiration but I keep getting caught up in food which makes me thirsty and then things like this blog post and its contents comes about. 

Blog, meet cocktails. Cocktails, meet my blog. Oh wait - you've met before? A thousand times you say? My apologies, carry on. 

The thing about summer cocktails is that they should look [and taste] like summer in a cup. What's that look and taste like you ask? Well, a lot like this. 


Vibrant fun colors, tropical tastes of exotic fruits and of course - a little bit of alcohol doesn't hurt either ;) When I saw these bottles of Alizé I knew they were just the ticket for what I had in mind. With a bottle of Gold Passion [made with French Vodka and exotic passion fruit] and Bleu Passion [also made with French Vodka with an infusion of passion fruit, cherries and ginger] in hand I was ready to go. The best part? You can simply pour over ice and serve or you can add some of your favorite ingredients to make a cocktail your guests won't stop talking about! I decided to get a little creative with mine because of things like YOLO and why not so here we have it. Two easy peasy recipes that you can make with Alizé that will have you believing the sun really did rise and set in your cup. Just a couple items to note - Alizé can be found nationwide and when it comes to measurements below, an ounce is equal to a standard shot. 

Fresh Passion 
3 oz Alizé Gold Passion 
2/3 oz Aged Rum 
6 Mint Leaves
1/3 oz Lime Juice
3 oz Ginger Beer

Instructions: 
In a glass, lightly press the mint. Add the remaining ingredients, fill with crushed ice and stir. Garnish with mint sprig. 



Bleu Breeze
1 oz Alizé Bleu Passion 
1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
Splash of Club Soda

Instructions: 
In a glass combine Alize Bleu Passion and pineapple juice. Fill with crushed ice and top off with a splash of club soda. 

[photos by tina herschberger photography // taste testing by me ;)]

I knew these were good when even my husband drank some behind my back and later informed me that he did so and thought it was delicious. At the pool, on the boat, in our backyard or heck, just dressing up our kitchen counters with their awesome colors - I'll be drinkin' Alizé all summer long baby. 

Life's more fun in color - what's in your cup this summer? Be sure to check out Alizé for more recipes and other fun products [available in 3 flavors - Gold Passion, Red Passion, Bleu Passion] to fill up your glass. Bottoms up!

This post was sponsored on behalf of Alizé Passion. All opinions stated are my own.

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6.21.2016

Adulting. I Don't Get it.


Tuesday's happen to be my favorite day of the week - mostly because I leave work at 1 pm and am home online shopping [I mean working on the computer, doing laundry and definitely NOT enjoying a glass of wine] by 2. Also because that means Monday is over and Friday is kinda sorta, well not really, but a tiny bit closer to almost here. The only real bummer about Tuesday's is that typically it's a day my husband expects me to get active in that whole D department. I'm talking about dinner people. What other D word would you think when referring to my husband? Oh right, dinosaur hunting.

I just made that up. My husband doesn't dinosaur hunt. Just thought I should clarify because I've heard that's quite an active and relevant hobby most men are into these days.

Anyhow, do I have anything of great substance to talk about today you ask? Do bears crap in the woods? Of course I do. I'm just trying to figure out what it is yet...

Lets start with what I'm currently doing. Nothing.

See, that was fun! Lets keep going.. Oh wait I know. Can we talk about washing windows for a second? Certainly none of you do that right? Have I ever told you how my mother washes her windows nearly every other day both inside and out and I'm not exaggerating even the tiniest bit over here. Regardless, my husband is currently on a kick that we need to wash our windows this week. I'm utterly confused about the whole situation. Wash them with what?!?!? And how? Better yet why? Isn't that what rain is for? He's trying to age us and I'm not happy about it. Forever 21 baby.

Do people my age still fit into their clothes? Moving on.


Yes, I have random photos of myself wearing a dress in this post that has nothing to do with the words I'm typing. It's a common practice I'm referring to as "lifestyle blogger disguised as a fashion blogger disguised as a lifestyle blogger" On Instagram I'm trying to be a fashion blogger but then I look at "real" fashion bloggers IG accounts and they all say "fashion blogger" and I'm all "living life one bowl of mac and cheese at a time" so I just don't really know what's going on anymore.

dress found here // use code LIY15 for 15% off [psssst: it's only $26 to begin with!] // lace up sandals
wearing a size small in the dress, if you teter between sizes size down one
ps. IT HAS POCKETS. 

I did however just remember that about 20 minutes ago I started filling up the watering can to water some flowers. Oops. Needless to say I just got a little bit [okay a lot of bit] wet when carrying that back outside. 
That was a weird sentence. 

Speaking of getting wet.... 

Last night Shawn was power washing the outside of our house [I'm telling you - he does all sorts of really weird things] and it was somehow spraying through the cracks of our front door which means our entry way also got power washed.

Moral of the story - if you ever need a good spray down just call my husband. Or maybe don't? Unless you're paying. In which case, call. 

ps. That dress up above? There's a good chance that it's insanely comfortable and affordable. Be sure to check out all of Sweet P & Fi's new arrivals as they have a ton of cute items at awesome prices!


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6.20.2016

Weekends Make Me Tired


Whoa. Do you ever stumble into a Monday and literally can't think of any possible way to keep your eyes open? That's where I'm currently at. I'm 100% sure I have mono or some other disease because the amount of exhaustion I'm feeling just isn't right. It's a job even coffee can't fix. Now that I think about it, the other disease I might have is called "hasn't stopped running around since last Wednesday and can't stop until next Sunday night". I have this problem called "saying no" to plans [some of you may have never heard of that concept either, I totally get it] and so well, this week is jam packed with this, that and the other. Oh well, sleep when you're dead they say. It's going to be a long life of dark circles and puffy bags under my eyes. 

Have you gotten to that point in the post yet where you're all "shut up, I'm tired too. tell me something exciting"? Okay good, me too. Lets jump head first into what the last couple of days brought my way, starting with Saturday. 

Remember how I said we were going to see King Douche Bags themselves (also known as Florida Georgia Line)? Well we did and it was awesome. Any time you slap on a giant tie around your head with long strings hanging and a camo cutoff tank with camo jeans you know it's going to be a good time. Just to clarify, that's not what I wore but BK [the guy from the band, not to be confused with Burger King] although dang, chicken fries sound so good right now. 

crochet tank [use code yellow20 for 20% off!] // shorts // tote // shoes

Anyhow, the show was so much fun and I think my vocal chords are still trying to find their way back to my throat. 

Short side story - The Cadillac Three opened for them [somebody tell me you are also obsessed with White Lightening #cantgetenough] and well, a few short years ago my girlfriends and I met them at a local bar and they invited us to jump in their van and head out to a show in Chicago with them. Because we are idiots we said no. Life's biggest regret - you guys, I could be living on a tour bus with three unattractive men eating cheese puffs and starbursts right now [I'm just assuming that's what you eat on tour buses]. But no, here I am. Next time for sure. 

We got back Sunday just in time to have the family over for a little Father's Day festivities. Sweetest moment that I don't ever want to forget so I'm blogging about it right now - my grandpa and his wife were able to come and we took them out on the pontoon. There is a bridge that we go under where you can crank up the tunes and it legit becomes an amphitheater that makes the sound incredible. We turned on Carrie Underwood's version of How Great Thou Art and sat all together as a family singing the most beautiful hymn. Tears flooded my eyes as I took in the moment - the little girls were singing, my grandpa kept wiping his eyes, and smiles were everywhere. And now I'm crying thinking about it again. 


It was perfect. We continued to be that boat cruising along with every other hymn blasting and all of us singing. A little different than our normal 2-Pac and Nelly tunes. Jesus wins :) 

The rest of the day was filled with splashing around in the river [something I never thought I would say I would do], eating way too much food and very little sleep. 


And on that splish splashy note, I'm off to work, followed up with book club and ending out the evening with The Bachelorette. Oh baby, life is about to get exciting. 

ps. IT'S SUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMER!!!!!!!!!!!

pps. If you missed the weekend post featuring last week's outfits, links and sales check it out here. Or don't. It's your call. 

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6.18.2016

Shop My Closet // Recent IG Looks + Sales

Hey hey ladies and gents [most likely only ladies unless of course you are a male who likes to wear women's clothing in which case, welcome!] Regardless of your sex, I'm happy you are here. I don't have much time to sit around and chit chat as we are on our way out for an evening full of country music and my husband keeps reminding me I need to shower [annoying. the hygiene thing, not him.] so I'm just going to get right into it. Here's this weeks line-up of outfits, links and sales! Happy weekending! 

tank [wearing a size 8, available in 11 colors] // rolled denim shorts [wearing size 3] // necklace 

off the shoulder top [crosses in the back, super cute! wearing a size small, also available in pink] // shorts [buy 1 get 1 50% off] // similar sandals 

white tee [2 for $28, wearing a medium] // shorts [buy 1 get 1 50% off] // espadrille shoes 

cover-up [the best cover-up! wearing a size small] available in other colors here // ombre here // bikini [currently on sale!]
[side note: I feel as though this picture is mildly inappropriate even though I wasn't trying to work that angle]

maxi dress [wearing size small, color peacoat - available in 8 colors/prints, a few more options 40% off here] // leather sandals [currently 30% off, my favorite to wear!] // necklace 

maxi dress [wearing size small] // pompom tote // lace up sandals

high/low maxi dress  [wearing size small] // similar sandals
 backside view

sweatshirt [wearing a size small, however I recommend sizing up one!] // shorts [buy 1 get 1 50% off] // espadrille shoes 

grommet tank [wearing a small] // striped tote [some color options 50% off!] // cropped jeans [currently 40% off! so comfortable and have a nice stretch, wearing a size 26 - if you teter between sizes, size down] // tassel sandals

dress from stitch fix // leather sandals [currently 30% off, my favorite to wear!] 

top from stitch fix // ankle pants [use code 9497 for 15% off! my favorite pants for work!] // ankle strap pumps [currently 30% off, seriously the most comfortable pair of heels I've ever worn!] 

"you had me at merlot tee" [wearing a medium, currently on sale for $17.99!] // utility jacket // cropped jeans [currently 40% off! so comfortable and have a nice stretch, wearing a size 26 - if you teter between sizes, size down] // lace up sandals [wearing smoke cloud color]

off the shoulder top [wearing a size small, a current closet favorite! dress option here] // cropped jeans [currently 40% off! so comfortable and have a nice stretch, wearing a size 26 - if you teter between sizes, size down] // open toe lace up booties

And that's all folks! Remember to follow along on Instagram here and here to get more than a once a week update if you're into that sorta thing. Any questions feel free to drop a line below and I'll answer here! Peace.

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